What is the difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man?
In those days, all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said: “Here we are, your bone and your flesh. In the days past, when Saul was king, it was you who led the Israelites out and brought them back.” And the Lord said to you, “You shall shepherd my people Israel and shall be commander of Israel.” When all the elders of Israel came to David in Hebron, King David made an agreement with them there before the Lord, and they anointed him king of Israel(2 Samuel 5:1-3).
Basing on the book of Samuel, a king is a man chosen and anointed by man to lead, to bring back the people to their home, to shepherd, and to command.
When a king strips himself from his responsibility and turns to his personal interest, he will surely be a bad king. Kingship is a political responsibility safeguarded by social and moral responsibilities.
Kingly shepherding in the past is always associated with battles against enemies to protect one’s people from invasion and conquest by the enemies. In effect, a king must be brave, intelligent, and strong. A weakling king can never lead an army and defeat the enemy. The macho mentality of a king was generated through out generations and it became the human standard and the gauge of victorious king.
“Brothers and sisters: Let us give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-13).
Jesus remembers when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:42-43) the kingship of Jesus is about the saving the whole person, body and soul.
The kingdom of man can be vulnerable of graft and corruption because of greed. It can be a kingdom where injustice, dishonesty, untruthfulness, and death are experienced. The kingdom of man is vulnerable when the kingdom of Satan deceives and tempts the kings.
In our workplace and families, where is the Kingdom of God? There are women and children abused in the workplace and worse at home. Evil deeds happen because we allow the kingship of the devil to operate. The family is supposed to be the kingdom where the children feel safe and secured.
There was the painful revelation of a father raping his three daughters. Another high school student was raped by her uncles and a little innocent special child was badly beaten by her uncle causing brain hemorrhage to death.
What is behind all of these children abuse? When our community and families tolerate evil works, wickedness will surely be the picture of the kingdom.
I am a staunch advocate against illegal drugs, gambling, and excessive alcoholism because I have seen the adverse effect to the people. I listened to their stories and saw their tears fall to the ground. The family is severely affected. A person in drugs and in excessive alcohol is a danger at home. A gambler in the other hand, will turn his wife, a battered wife.
The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Corrections cases too are simply pictures of human kingship and even devil’s kingship. Untruthfulness and injustice are summed up into human and devil’s chemistry of evil works.
It is not enough to pray but become advocates and activists against violence done to women and children. The workplace and the family are not safe for women children until we clean the social environment from gambling, illegal drugs, alcoholism, and pornography.
I will be staging, “Marcsongs: Lagsak Nan Paskua” acoustic concert on Dec. 2, on the occasion of my 20th priesthood anniversary to raise funds for our church constructions, particularly the Christ the King Church in Madongo and Divine Mercy Church in Baang, both in Sagada, Mountain Province.
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